; Conference Agenda | Defence Communications

26th - 27th September 2017
Krakow, Poland

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08:00 -

Registration and Welcome Coffee

08:55 -

Chairman’s opening remarks

Brigadier Tim Watts, Former Signal Officer-in-Chief, British Army


Modern IT opens up opportunities that seem to be limited only by imagination. Designers, managers, operators and suppliers need to be able to put in place secure, effective capability that gives forces the ability to deploy full spectrum effects and win the information superiority battle. What ends up in the hands of warfighters will always be a series of trade-offs driven by demand, the way we want to fight, the environment and threats such as electromagnetic, cyber or physical and the opening session will analyse some of these issues.

09:00 -

Spanish Armed Force’s developments in defence relevant satellite delivered connectivity

  • The road from present operational needs to the new SPAINSAT- NG capability requirements
  • Spanish involvement in the NATO MILSATCOM CP130 and EU GOVSATCOM Initiatives
  • Comparing the different tasks, approach and applications of government, commercial and military satellite programs

Brigadier General Carlos J De Salas, PEO and Head C4ISR & Space Programs, Spanish MoD

09:30 -

NATO priorities for CIS interoperability and operational priorities

  • Emerging technologies, threats and priorities that will dictate the shape of NATO CIS
  • CIS considerations for EFP and NRF such as interoperability and rapid deployability
  • Members responsibilities to ensure NATO’s optimum connectivity
10:00 -

ANAKONDA 2016: an example of FMN in multinational theatre

  • CIS used in FMN during the exercise and nations involved
  • Improvements to unilateral connectivity and cooperation
  • Future plans during EFP and ANAKONDA 2018

Colonel Robert Drozd, J6, Polish Armed Forces

10:30 -

Morning Coffee and Networking


Federated Mission Networks have developed to support missions at the operational and higher tactical levels, based on NATO and other architectural guidance. The Afghanistan Mission Network is an example, designed for a specific purpose and developed over many years. Opportunities exist for tactical interoperability through common equipment, doctrine, architectures and waveforms. There is also a continuing need for capable Air/Land and Air/Maritime interoperability. The final session of the day will explore interoperability in more depth.

11:15 -

Implementing and managing Federated Mission Networking (FMN) in future NATO endeavours

  • Progress from theatre specific networks to contingency and deterrent operations
  • Quickly building architectures and management processes for new partners, and testing them
  • Industry approaches to integrating highly heterogeneous networks

Colonel Joachim Neumueller, Director, Federated Mission Networking Secretariat, J6, NATO SHAPE

11:45 -

Optimising secure military communications with wireless mobility

  • Traditional vs. kinetic mesh networks
  • Security: Ensuring vital data and mission critical communications are always protected
  • Key capabilities for military deployments

Robert Schena, CEO,Rajant Corporation

12:15 -

C4 connectivity and Interoperability during exercise

  • Evaluating how well the network accomplishes the goals of C2 integration
  • Woking in partnership with NATO organisations
  • Future strategies and networking to provide guidance applicable to the Joint Force Command level

Colonel Christopher Durham, Plans and Exercises Division Chief, J6, US European Command

12:45 -

Lunch and Networking


Traditional, hardened military satellite communications are expensive and can be inflexible, prompting a number of nations to consider future procurement options. Commercial providers can deliver relatively high bandwidth satellite internet provision across much of the world, using an array of space vehicles and terrestrial architectures, cloud storage and services. Add in aerostats and UAVs and the traditional milsatcom models seem outdated. This session will explore how defence forces can exploit the ‘bandwidth with little deployed baggage’ that SatCom can bring.

14:15 -

New and old threats to modern Satellite Communication systems

  • The cyber and electromagnetic threat
  • What layered defence means for deployed information and communication systems
  • Building threat analysis, defensive measures, active counters and incident response into training

Colonel Rob Parker, G6, US Army Europe

14:45 -

Extending and integrating data links

  • Forming multi-link environments by incorporating satellite and other range extenders
  • Balancing coalition interoperability and sovereign freedom of action in the data link environment
  • The use of common datalinks and waveforms in the land environment
15:15 -

The development of governmental satellite communications

  • Cost effective satellite connectivity for fast, mobile and short halt users
  • Adapting commercial solutions for mobile and constrained size, weight and power operations
  • Alternatives to Satcom for the mobile user

Major Geoffroy Beaudot, Government SATCOM and CIS Program Manager, Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Department of Defence

15:45 -

Afternoon Tea and networking


Satellite has yet to provide the very low-latency, resilient, cost effective and controlled networks that on their own can reliably support war fighters in complex terrain or on the move. This session will review advances in low profile, high bandwidth and long-range point-to-point radios and mobile, self-forming, managing and healing networks that offer high levels of capability.

16:30 -

Designing and managing the modern, high capacity terrestrial communications network

  • Waveforms, routing, latency, management and other challenges of mesh networks
  • Achieving interoperability in mesh networks
  • Cyber and electromagnetic threats to complex terrestrial networks and how they can be countered

Lieutenant Colonel Paul Young, SO1, Deployed Land C2 Networks, Army Headquarters, Australian Army

17:00 -

Next generation wireless communications

  • Using IP based radio system to promote high mobility
  • Electronic beam steered tactical radio system
  • Cross platform versatility across sea, on land and in air

Øystein Pedersen, Product Manager, Radionor Communications

17:30 -

Programme for net-enabling the NZ Army

  • Bring the management and design of networks in house
  • Selection, education and individual training required to build the military skillset
  • Collective training for the new manoeuvre environment to equip information warriors

Colonel Phill Collett,, Programme Manager, Network Enabled Army Programme, Capability Branch, New Zealand Defence Force

18:00 -

Chairman’s Summary

Brigadier Tim Watts , Former Signal Officer-in-Chief, British Army

18:15 -

Networking Drinks Reception

“Software capability and Clouds systems”

08:00 -

Registration and Welcome Coffee

08:55 -

Chairman’s opening remarks

Brigadier Tim Watts , Former Signal Officer-in-Chief, British Army


Software defined radios and networks offer potentially attractive reductions in size, weight and power, rapid deployment and near instantaneous reconfiguration. There are also opportunities for resilience, security, system integration and interoperability. Systems in service now and off the shelf incorporate more software implemented functions than ever, but the journey to software definition in the defence environment has been fragmented and costly. These sessions will explore what the move towards ‘Software Defined Everything’ means and its impact on war fighters and communicators.

09:00 -

Software Defined Networks (SDN): concepts, technology and challenges for defence communications

  • Overview of the capabilities and functionality of SDNs
  • The applicability of SDN to defence applications, opportunities, threats and vulnerabilities
  • Future developments of SDNs as a mobile and deployable force multiplier

Brigadier General Frances Allen, Director General Information Management Operations,Canadian Armed Forces

09:30 -

Considerations for national certification of software defined tactical communications

  • Challenges discovered with software defined tactical communications solutions
  • Growing need for certifiable applications
  • Modernising software defined solutions to meet current requirements

Ilkka Uhari, Sales Director, Bittium

10:00 -

MORPHEUS: Evolve to transform - the UK Land Tactical CIS programme

  • Evolving from proprietary and vendor controlled tactical systems
  • Maximising industrial opportunities and removing vendor lock-in
  • Exploiting emergent technology to achieve coalition interoperability

Colonel Laurence Fowkes, Deputy Team Leader, Battlefield and Tactical CIS Delivery Team, UK MoD

10:30 -

Morning Coffee and Networking


Commercial cloud concepts and provision dominate business and domestic IT. It is not just data that resides on servers that are undefined by location or ownership, the functions and services that make IT work are increasingly built and operated in cloud domains. Increasing functionality and reducing the management burden on users are just some of the advantages that implementing cloud software has on military operations.

11:15 -

Middleware for tactical communications

  • Results of TACTICS (Tactical Service Oriented Architecture) project
  • Adapting user traffic to current limitations and intermittent nature of wireless links
  • Creating software layer between radio bearer and the Information System

Dr Joanna Śliwa, Head of C4I systems division, Military Communications Institute, Polish MoND

11:45 -

Network functions and user applications as cloud services

  • Advantages and disadvantages of building elements of the information in the cloud
  • Potential uses of cloud services on and in support of deployed operations
  • The Defence Industry’s response in making the cloud suitable for military use
12:15 -

Understanding and managing the threat surface in software defined and cloud systems

  • The new threats and vulnerabilities
  • Ways in which Cloud and Software Defined systems can improve security
  • Accrediting software systems and understanding risk – a layman’s guide

Major Mirosław Bednarz, S-6 Chief, Lithuanian-Polish-Ukraine Brigade

12:45 -

Lunch and Networking


The balance of value between data and voice has shifted markedly; indeed some see voice and video as just classes of data. With the rise in autonomous and unmanned systems the need for precise geo and time referencing with real time control of complex systems, as well as modern Tactical Data Links and IoT is greater than ever in the military domain. Data and Artificial Intelligence have the ability to do more than simply supporting humans in the intelligence cycle and planning, command and control. The final session will review how these modern technologies can improve enhance information superiority.

13:45 -

Artificial Intelligence, the rise of data and defence communications

  • Examples of AI uses in military operations, and specifically in information operations
  • The balance between advanced data systems and real-time, human in the loop capabilities
  • A realistic view of the future of information warfare that incorporates AI
14:15 -

Panel: Realism for tri-Service commanders and armed forces personnel

  • Air, Land, Naval and Joint views of generating connected forces for current operations
  • Understanding what is essential in Information and Communications Systems for operations
  • Messages for industry that war fighters need in the battle for information superiority

Colonel Phill Collett, Programme Manager, Network Enabled Army Programme, Capability Branch, New Zealand Defence Force

Colonel Heinrich Krispler, Head of Division, European Military Staff

15:15 -

Chairman’s Summary and end of conference

Brigadier Tim Watts , Former Signal Officer-in-Chief, British Army